I wear weaves and wigs. Lots of them. Just because I wear weaves doesn't mean that 1. I dont have hair and 2. That I do not care for my natural hair while it is in a weave. As you can see from the pics above, I still have all of my edges and my bun is as full as ever!
(When I reference to natural hair in this blog post, I mean hair that grows from your scalp, not necessarily chemical-free.)
I tell my clients all the time, more than likely, there will come a time where you will want to wear your real hair so take care of it in the mean time. Here are five simple tips that will insure your natural hair stays healthy while braided and sewn up.
1. All edges matter. Take care of them.
Edges matter and if you permanently damage them while wearing weave, you permanently lose the opportunity to wear your hair the way you want to. Caring for your edges means tying them up at night, conditioning them regularly and avoid too much heat. Never put your edges in a situation where it has to fight against the weave - they will lose.
2. Although your hair is braided up it still need to be conditioned on a regular basis.
While you may not be able to deep condition regularly and spray leave-in and oil goes a long way.
3. Do not neglect your leave out.
If you must wear leave out, its a must that you care for your leave out. See steps to caring for your edges in number one and apply those same methods to your leave out.
4. Do not leave your weave in too long.
I get it you pay a lot to get your hair done and you want it to last a long as possible. However, as the hair grows out during the install the tension increases and so does the tangling. Avoid extreme tension and tangling by not allowing the weave to stay in for longer than three months with weave tightenings in between.
5. Tie your hair up at night.
Not sexy, right? Well neither is missing edges and balding. With a weave it is so easy to miss steps like covering your head before bed. It's not mine, right? Well, yes, right but when the weave gets all tangled and matted over night you do have to comb it out the next morning. Combing out tangled and matted weave is extra tension on the hair that could have been avoided.
Hope these simple tips help you keep your beautiful hair healthy!